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RE: FM to PDF error after upgrading to Acrobat 5 -- work-around


It turns out that it also possibly true that your "Acrobat Distiller"
PostScript driver instance is misconfigured as well. Make sure that
the driver is configured for "Download Softfont" such that 
substitutions (such as Arial by Helvetica which Distiller substitutes
its own Arial Type 1 font for) are not allowed.

Also make sure that the Windows font directory has precedence over
other directories in the order of directories that Distiller searches
for fonts for embedding.

Also, if you actually have license for "real" Times and Helvetica, you
can dump the Times New Roman and Arial Type 1 fonts from the Acrobat
fonts directory and copy the Times and Helvetica .PFB and .PFM files
into that directory (and the PFM subdirectory) and similarly avoid
problems (as well as use Times and Helvetica as the substitution for
unembedded Times and Helvetica in old PDF files.

        - Dov

At 11/27/2002 08:18 AM, Teasdale, Steven  (IndSys,Pwr Mgt,UR) wrote:
>Hi Dov
>The font used is Arial. In several places in my document, I am using the
>ANSI characters 0188, 0189, and 0190 (the 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 characters). I
>think this is what was causing the error, since every instance of these
>characters caused an identical Distiller error, and removing them eliminated
>the error. Unfortunately, there are a lot of these in our documents.
>I examined some PS source files created before and after the Acrobat
>installation, and noted that the later ones contained references to the
>ArialMT font. Taking note of this, I performed the following:
>- removed all ArialMT Type 1 fonts from the \WinNT\Fonts folder
>- removed the \Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Resource\Font item from the Acrobat
>Distiller Font Locations list (which contains the ArialMT Type 1 fonts)
>This eliminated the problem. Note that I had to perform both of the above
>steps; doing either one by itself did not solve the problem.
>Is this a problem with using the ArialMT Type 1 font, or is there something
>that I am doing incorrectly in specifying the Distiller options? 
>Thanks for your reply Dov -- I have always found your advice to be very
>GE Industrial Systems
>Steven Teasdale
>Technical Writer
>GE Multilin
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Dov Isaacs [mailto:isaacs@adobe.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 10:53 AM
>To: framers@FrameUsers.com
>Cc: framers@FrameUsers.com; framers@omsys.com
>Subject: Re: FM to PDF error after upgrading to Acrobat 5
>Given that the Distiller is blowing out on a font, could you give
>some information about the font that is in use at the time?
>        - Dov


>At 11/26/2002 01:09 PM, Steven Teasdale wrote:
>>Dear group:
>>For the past three months, I have been using Frame 7 and the Distiller
>>5.05 software packaged with Frame to create PDFs without any problems.
>>Yesterday, I upgraded to the full Acrobat 5.05. Now, when I try to create
>>PDFs, I receive the error shown at the end of this message ("invalidfont;
>>OffendingCommand: xshow). It occurs both when I "save as PDF" and when I
>>print to PS, then use Distiller.
>>Now, I have found that PS files created from Frame prior to the full
>>Acrobat upgrade distill OK, wheras PS files created afterward all get the
>>same error. This likely indicates a problem with the Distiller printer
>>instance. Is there some way this is changed between the version of
>>Distiller that is packaged in Frame and the version that is packaged with
>>I am using: Windows 2000, Frame 7.0, Acrobat 5.05.
>>I have tried altering the font embedding properties but have had no
>>success. I could not find any similar problems at the Adobe support site
>>or in the archive.
>>I think it may have something to do with ANSI characters 0188, 0189, and
>>The error is as follows:
>>%%[ ProductName: Distiller ]%%
>>%%[Page: 1]%%
>>%%[Page: 2]%%
>>%%[ Error: invalidfont; OffendingCommand: xshow ]%%
>>[83 50 46 83 75 46 83 45 50 84 83 83 75 83 84 45 75 33 75 84 45 50
>>125 50 46 74 84 50 41 34 74 84 33 46 124 84 83 83 42 45 84 83 33 42
>>42 0]
>>(       2+C,
>>                )
>>%%[ Flushing: rest of job (to end-of-file) will be ignored ]%%
>>%%[ Warning: PostScript error. No PDF file produced. ] %%

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